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India Is on a Quest to Recreate a Mystical Hindu River

  • Plans to recreate Saraswati river to proceed `at war footing'
  • Project seeks to support Hindu links to earliest civilization
Shahiram Kashyap
Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Gagandeep Singh stands at the edge of a trench cutting through a sugarcane field in rural India. He looks down at a dozen or so men toiling in the mud in plastic flip flops and bellows: “Dig!”

There’s no time to stop, explains Singh, a district development officer, as the chop-chop-chop of small, crude shovels gouge the earth. It’s the sound of history being made.